Welcome To Moorea
Welcome to Moorea, sister island of Tahiti. French Polynesia is a huge subtropical archipelago of over a hundred islands scattered across 2.5 million square kilometres. I am most happy to introduce you to this island, one of the most appealing places in the world.
InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa is nestled between mountains and a lagoon on a stunning French Polynesian island. Accommodations include stunning deluxe rooms and bungalows. Restaurants feature French, Tahitian and International cuisine and the bar serves up refreshing tropical cocktails. We offer the widest range of activities; including the Moorea Dolphin Centre, Bathys Diving Club, Hélène's Spa, water skiing and guided Jeep tours.The whole Resort has been renovated since July, 2010.
The beautiful island of Moorea was formed from a volcano about 2.5 million years ago, and it seems fitting that such a magical place would be formed by something so dramatic. A perfect morning starts with a tour of the island by motorised catamaran, which takes you to the amazing Opunohu and Cook's bays. After seeing the island's most tranquil spots you can cross the reef and surf the Pacific ocean waves; you may encounter schools of dolphins, flying fish or even whales. The tour will then take you to a small islet on the reef where you can pat rays while snorkelling through warm, crystal-clear waters. Afterwards, a local will show you how to open a coconut, drink the juice, extract the milk and use it to prepare the freshest, tastiest marinated salad you will ever eat.
In the afternoon, jump in a 4x4 All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) and take a tour of the natural wonders of Moorea's ancient volcano crater. The ATVs are powerful machines (safe, comfortable and great fun to ride) and the perfect thing for navigating the volcanic terrain. In the crater the lush vegetation conceals entire fields of tropical trees, flowers, red torches, wild ginger and tropical birds of extraordinary colours. After working up a sweat driving around, cross the river and bathe in a natural freshwater pool. The trip then continues through fields of tropical fruit trees until you reach a lookout point. Take in the gorgeous sights of the reef, the bays and the sparkling blue ocean.
As the glow of the evening sets in, take the chance to immerse yourself in Polynesian culture. The Tiki village is a reconstruction of an ancient Polynesian village with tattoo artists, weaving demonstrations, sculptures and a room dedicated to Gauguin, the famous French painter who lived the last part of his life in Polynesia. Wander round the village while the Tahitian sand oven cooks your traditional dinner. Be sure to be around for the opening of the oven, when the coconut tree leaves wrapped around the smoked roots, fishes and meat are removed, releasing intoxicating aromas. Enjoy your meal while listening to a music group and taking in the colours and movements of the local costumed dancers.
The public transportation on Moorea is provided by buses or by le Truck, both of which operate between Vaiare dock and Le Petit VIllage. They operate to coincide with the catamaran schedule. One services the north coast, the other the south coast, so tell the driver the name of your destination. It is not easy to catch it for your return. Le Truck stops in front of the hotel, but the timetable can be a bit haphazard. It is safest to ask the Concierge for confirmation of the timetable. The Concierge will be happy to book a taxi or coach transfer.
The official language of French Polynesia is French, although the unofficial language, Tahitian, is probably more widely spoken. English is spoken by some native islanders and most will be happy to answer questions and help you.
DID YOU KNOW ?
Moorea and the surrounding islands are dotted with marae, which are ancient stone constructions once used for prayer
Mel Gibson's movie 'The Bounty' was filmed in Moorea, as were parts of 'An Affaire to Remember', which starred Annette Benning and Warren Beatty.
WHAT TO PACK
While the colour of the lagoon in French Polynesia is magnificient, you will find the beach a little bit rocky with corals. Bring your water shoes to protect your feet and enjoy swimming.
Bring a universal adaptor as you may have difficulty purchasing one in Moorea. The voltage in Moorea is 220v. In case you forget, the hotel has some at the front desk.
- Po Box 1019
- Moorea , 98729
- French Polynesia
- Front Desk +689-55-1919
Distance 0 KM / 0 MI SOUTH WEST to Hotel
Tahiti Faaa airport is the only international airport in French Polynesia. To get to Moorea Island, 15 minutes by domestic flight operated by Air Tahiti or 30 minutes by catamaran. To the ferry dock in Tahiti, taxis are available at the Faaa airport and it takes 15 to 30 minutes depends on the trafic condition. Concierge can arrange pick up from Moorea airport or ferry dock to the hotel.
Moorea Temae airport (MOZ)
Distance 24.5 KM / 15.22 MI SOUTH EAST to Hotel
our concierge department can organise your pickup. Contacts : Phone : + 689 55 19 03 email : firstname.lastname@example.org
- Parking Available/50 Spaces
- Outdoor, onsite car park available
- Parking Area Equipped with Lights
The island of Moorea is linked to the island of Tahiti by a scheduled air service, ferry catamaran (passengers and car) and helicopter charter direct to InterContinental Moorea Resort & Spa. Taxis are available from the Moorea airport, and a public bus service is available to and from the hotel meets all ferry boats.
Languages spoken by staff
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